Time magazine does an annual new ideas issue and this year I have one of the essays in it. It's called "The Twilight of the Elites" and is a distilled version of the theme of the book I'm currently writing.
Here's an excerpt:
"In the past decade, nearly every pillar institution in American society
— whether it's General Motors, Congress, Wall Street, Major League
Baseball, the Catholic Church or the mainstream media — has revealed
itself to be corrupt, incompetent or both. And at the root of these
failures are the people who run these institutions, the bright and
industrious minds who occupy the commanding heights of our meritocratic
order. In exchange for their power, status and remuneration, they are
supposed to make sure everything operates smoothly. But after a cascade
of scandals and catastrophes, that implicit social contract lies in
ruins, replaced by mass skepticism, contempt and disillusionment."
We've also got a new episode of The Breakdown up in which we interview Professor Walter Stone from the University of California-Davis on just how much advantage incumbency confers on politicians.
Finally, wanted to thank everyone for your support, affection and kind words during my maiden TV voyage. It meant a lot and helped get me through. Relieved to no longer have a knot in my stomach ever waking second!